Ken Russell

1927 - 2011

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Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell (3 July 1927 – 27 November 2011) was a British film director, known for his pioneering work in television and film and for his flamboyant and controversial style. His films in the main were liberal adaptations of existing texts, or biographies, notably of composers of the Romantic era. Russell began directing for the BBC, where he made creative adaptations of composers' lives which were unusual for the time. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ken Russell has received more than 1,184,182 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Ken Russell is the 293rd most popular film director (down from 291st in 2019), the 1,248th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,225th in 2019) and the 21st most popular British Film Director.

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Among film directors, Ken Russell ranks 293 out of 1,580Before him are Sofia Coppola, Menahem Golan, Elem Klimov, Ruggero Deodato, Tsui Hark, and Ousmane Sembène. After him are Barbet Schroeder, Jean Rouch, Jiří Trnka, Oskar Fischinger, Béla Tarr, and King Vidor.

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Among people born in 1927, Ken Russell ranks 99Before him are Allan Kaprow, Eduardo Martínez Somalo, R. D. Laing, Éva Székely, Alfredo Kraus, and Andy Williams. After him are César Milstein, Dana Elcar, François Furet, Rosemary Harris, Dick Bruna, and Vasile Milea. Among people deceased in 2011, Ken Russell ranks 83Before him are Yelena Bonner, Harold Garfinkel, Johannes Heesters, Archduke Felix of Austria, Nguyễn Cao Kỳ, and William Lipscomb. After him are Eugene Nida, Lyudmila Gurchenko, Vasily Alekseyev, Ferenc Mádl, Raúl Ruiz, and Facundo Cabral.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Ken Russell ranks 1,248 out of 6,924Before him are Mick Taylor (1949), Thomas Hodgkin (1798), E. P. Thompson (1924), David Byron (1947), Howard Staunton (1810), and Neil Gaiman (1960). After him are N. R. Pogson (1829), Thomas Arne (1710), Boy George (1961), Edward Plantagenet, 17th Earl of Warwick (1475), Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (1935), and John Nash (1752).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United Kingdom

Among film directors born in United Kingdom, Ken Russell ranks 21Before him are Stephen Frears (1941), David Hamilton (1933), Mike Newell (1942), Sam Mendes (1965), Frank Lloyd (1886), and Carol Reed (1906). After him are Anthony Minghella (1954), John Boorman (1933), Adrian Lyne (1941), Michael Anderson (1920), John Guillermin (1925), and J. Lee Thompson (1914).